Michael Bell


Northern Irish Tenor Michael Bell recently graduated from the the Royal College of Music, having previously held a choral scholarship at St. John’s College, Cambridge. He has performed with choral societies and orchestras across the country in a diverse repertoire that has included Bach’s Passions as both Evangelist and soloist, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Britten’s St Nicolas. He has made recent concert debuts with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Philharmonia. Future plans include Handel’s Messiah with the City of London Sinfonia, Bach’s St. John Passion with the Royal Swedish Orchestra and a new work with the Ulster Orchestra.

Also a keen recitalist, he has appeared in recital at the Lewes Festival of Song, the London Song Festival, the Wigmore Hall and the Salle Cortot. This year he continues a collaboration with NI Opera giving song recitals in each of Northern Ireland’s six counties.

On the opera stage his roles have included the Madwoman in the Moscow premiere of Britten’s Curlew River and the creation of the role of the Acrobat in Conor Mitchell’s les Selenites for Wexford Festival Opera. His other roles have included Tamino die Zauberflöte, Nemorino l’Elisir d’amore, Grimoaldo Rodelinda, die Knusperhexe Hänsel und Gretel, Spoletta Tosca, der Sänger Flammen, Schreker, the Prince Cinderella, Alma Deutscher, Pastore Orfeo, Vašek The Bartered Bride and Damon Acis and Galatea with companies including Garsington Festival Opera, the Lithuanian State Orchestra, Wexford Festival Opera, Irish National Opera and Waterperry Opera.

Michael is a Musicians’ Company Young Artist and a Samling Artist.


Upcoming for ENO: The Magic Flute

Last updated: 21st February 2024